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Veterans

Americans owe a debt of gratitude to our nation’s bravest individuals – those who have served and given their lives in defense of freedom and liberty. As a country, we must remember the sacrifices of our veterans who have bravely served our nation, as well as their families, and I remain committed to providing the best care possible for them.

As a veteran, I am honored to serve our heroes as ranking member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. My responsibilities as ranking member include management of our national cemeteries, reforming the claim appeals process, and reviewing the quality and training methods of the Veterans Benefits Administration. 

Congress can’t lose sight of the promises made to our troops, our veterans, and their families. Our service members must be provided with the tools necessary to complete their mission and return safely as quickly as possible. Further, we must work to ensure that our veterans receive the care and services to which they are entitled in a timely, convenient and efficient manner. 

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More on Veterans

April 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (R-IL) and Nancy Mace (R-SC) today introduced the Veterans’ Cyber Risk Awareness Act, which would increase cyber safety among veterans. The bill would direct VA to conduct a communications and outreach campaign to educate veterans about cyber risks. It would also require VA to study veteran vulnerability to cyber risks, the availability of resources for combatting cyber risks among veterans, and the effectiveness of VA’s communications and outreach campaign.

March 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) recently introduced the Toxic Exposures in the American Military (TEAM) Act, which will improve access to care and benefits for veterans who were exposed to toxic substances in the military. The bill will allow them to enroll in the VA healthcare system, create a process for the VA to establish a presumption of service connection for benefits, and advance scientific research into the effects of toxic exposure.

March 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The President today signed bipartisan legislation into law expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to veterans and their families under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), following efforts from House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee leaders, Ranking Member Mike Bost (R-IL), Chairman Mark Takano (D-CA), Chairman Jon Tester (D-MT), and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-KS).

March 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (R-IL), Tracey Mann (R-KS), and Chris Pappas (D-NH) recently introduced the VA Supply Chain Resiliency Act. The legislation would include the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in the Warstopper program, a proven best practice which has helped the Department of Defense (DoD) respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House unanimously passed the bipartisan Strengthening and Amplifying Vaccination Efforts to Locally Immunize all Veterans and Every Spouse (SAVE LIVES) Act today spearheaded by House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee leaders, Ranking Member Mike Bost (R-Ill.), Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.), to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to veterans and their families under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

March 10, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives last night unanimously passed U.S. Representative Mike Bost’s (IL-12) bill, the Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans’ and Caregivers’ COVID-19 Immunizations Now Expanded Act of 2021, the VA VACCINE Act. This bipartisan bill expands VA’s authority to provide COVID-19 vaccines to all veterans and their caregivers and earned the support of 50 additional cosponsors—including all Members of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

March 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and U.S. Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) today introduced the Veterans’ Camera Reporting (VCR) Act. This legislation would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to report to Congress on the use and maintenance of all cameras used for patient safety and law enforcement purposes in VA medical facilities.

February 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12), the lead Republican on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today introduced the Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans’ and Caregivers’ COVID-19 Immunizations Now Expanded Act of 2021 or the VA VACCINE Act. This bipartisan bill is a critical fix to expand VA’s ability to provide COVID-19 vaccines to veterans and their caregivers.

February 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12), the Ranking Member on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee today introduced the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act. This bill would ensure that no veteran loses their Second Amendment right to bear arms simply because VA appoints someone to help them manage their VA benefits. Bost also introduced the Modernizing Veterans’ Healthcare Eligibility Act to establish a bipartisan commission look into ways to update the veteran eligibility for care system to ensure veterans receive the care they have earned.

February 4, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced his committee assignments for the 117th Congress. Bost will serve as the lead Republican on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and as a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.